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July Employee of the Month: CJ Brown

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With 16 years of expertise and an ability to get the job done, no matter the conditions, CJ Brown, groundskeeper II with grounds, is an invaluable member of the UNO community. His efforts to keep the campus environment in tip-top shape are much appreciated by many. Visit this link for details.

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No Break for these UNO Students

video by Xavier Rodriguez

Summer break doesn't mean taking a break from contributing in some way for these UNO students. Watch as they tell the UNO community what they have been keeping busy with this summer.




Tomorrow’s Scavenger Hunt Postponed

Due to tomorrow's forecasted heat index, the Aug. 11 MyPyramid Walking Scavenger Hunt has been postponed until the fall semester. Watch eNotes for more on the rescheduled Staff Advisory Council and Human Resources event.

HR to Launch New Employment Application/Recruitment Site

UNO will have a new employment application/recruitment site on or before Tuesday, Aug. 31.

Applicants for student, faculty and staff positions at UNO may then go to the UNO home page,, and click on "Employment" to view job descriptions and apply. Department users will have new accounts and log ins when they create requisitions, but the requisition and approval process will be much the same as the current one. 

"Our test group members have commented on the new site's user friendliness," said Mary Sweaney, assistant director of Human Resources. 

To arrange training on the new system, contact Sweaney in HR by e-mail at or by phone at (402) 554.3668.

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'Talk of the Town' Makes Stop at UNO Tomorrow

Julie Masters, chair of the UNO Department of Gerontology, will be the featured speaker at the next Talk of the Town on "The Future Self: An Exercise in Successful Aging." The Aug. 11, event, will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. at College of Public Affairs and Community Service Collaborating Commons. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend and network with those from the Omaha community who serve the aging population.

Registration starts at 7:45 a.m. Talk of the Town was launched by the Women's Fund last year to provide opportunities for nonprofit agency professionals to network with each other and build relationships. Read more.

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"Kids in Concert" Update

Kids in Concert kicked off July 1 to ask for the donation of instruments to the Omaha Public Schools (OPS) Musical Instrument Department. As of Aug. 4, more than 40 used musical instruments have been donated to students in OPS, who want to pursue instrumental music, but whose families are unable to purchase or rent an instrument. OPS will rehabilitate and distribute the instruments to deserving students.

Instruments can be taken to the OPS Teacher Administration Center (TAC), 3215 Cuming St., Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Bookworm at Countryside Village, 8702 Pacific St., is also collecting instruments, as well as several Omaha Public Library branches (Charles B. Washington, South Omaha and Millard). Information is available at (402) 557.2443 and the contact is June Nelson.

Donations are tax deductible.

Anyone on the UNO campus who wants to donate an instrument can bring it to the KVNO office, located in 200 College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

For more information, contact Anne Hellbusch at (402) 554.5866 or

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MyPyramid Walking Scavenger Hunt Tomorrow on Campus

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This event has been designated a UNO Mav-Rec Wellness event.

Faculty, staff and students can join other challengers for a campus-wide MyPyramid Walking Scavenger Hunt on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

Sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC) and Human Resources the event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at both the Dodge and Pacific Locations. The MyPyramid Scavenger Hunt will be conducted at six outdoor sites at both locations where food and information will be distributed on whole grain, vegetables, fruit, dairy, protein and physical activity.

"Come learn about how to have a well balanced diet. Stations will be set up across both campuses for the traveling food scavenger hunt," said Kim Kronschnabel, SAC representative. "By completing the hunt and stopping by each station, participants will partake in a ‘walking lunch.'"

Starting points:

- Dodge Location
In front of the Venus statute on the north side of Arts of Sciences Hall.

- Pacific Location
Outside the main entrance of the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute.

Participants can also enter their name in a drawing for a HPER massage at the final stop of the hunt at both locations.

For more information, contact SAC Representatives:

Jenny Liu

Kim Kronschnael

Lola Gilbert

The mission of Mav-Rec Wellness, UNO's health promotion program, is to create a culture of health and wellness among all faculty, staff and students. Health goals are encouraged through programming and initiatives that celebrate healthier lifestyle practices within the UNO community. For more information, contact David Daniels at (402) 554.2008, or to Top

Hi-tech Classroom Reimaging Set for Wednesday

In order to update software, Information Services (IS) has announced a routine re-imaging of computers in more than 140 hi-tech classrooms across campus. Beginning Friday afternoon, Aug. 13, through Thursday, Aug. 19, all computers in IS hi-tech classrooms will be re-imaged (or returned to their original configuration).

During re-imaging, any programs or files that may have been added to the computer during the semester will be deleted. To safeguard files, faculty and staff utilizing hi-tech classrooms should create a backup of all data via myFolder or a flash drive before Friday, Aug. 13.

If you are not sure if your classroom will be affected, a list of IS hi-tech classrooms can be found at For more information concerning the hi-tech classrooms or operational training, contact IS Technical Support at (402) 554.HELP (4.357).

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Uses of Local, Statewide Census Data is Focus of Next Week's Conference at UNO

The Center for Public Affairs Research (CPAR) at UNO will host the 21st annual Nebraska Data Conference on Tuesday, Aug. 17. The conference is open to the public.

Eight regional researchers will discuss state and local data trends. The conference will also feature a main session updating the latest data products, six break-out sessions and a closing presentation on demographic trends. Read more.

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Campus Recreation Announces New Membership Rates for 2010-11

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As outlined in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) renovation/addition proposal, Campus Recreation membership rates will increase effective Monday, Aug. 23.

Campus Recreation staff realizes that the increased membership costs can be a concern but with construction set to be completed by the end of the summer, the value of HPER memberships can be seen in the newly renovated facility. Memberships for the 2010-11 academic year are now on sale.

For a breakdown of the new membership fees, visit

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Blackboard Utilities Reminder for Faculty

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With the move to mavlink, functions such as requesting a visitor account, merging classes and requesting an organization will now be accessible directly through Blackboard. When faculty members log into Blackboard, they will now see a "myBlackboard Utilities" tab. This tab will take users to a menu where faculty members can access these functions.

A mavlink faculty support website, where faculty can find additional information, has been created at The website is continually being updated and if there are any questions or comments about the content or other inquiries e-mail or contact one of the mavlink Faculty Support Team members directly at:

Timi Barone (

Tracy Bridgeford (

Anita Saalfeld (

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OLLAS, Film Streams to Host Second Biennial Film Series

Film Streams and the Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) at UNO are excited to announce the second biennial Cinemateca series celebrating Latino, Latin American and Spanish cinema. The series will take place Friday, Aug. 27, through Thursday, Sept. 30 at Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater (1340 Mike Fahey St.).

In all, Cinemateca 2010 features 10 films from eight different countries (Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, Spain, Uruguay, Chile, Peru and Brazil). The series covers more than 40 years of cultural, political and cinematic history — from the jaw-dropping photography and general bravura of MEMORIES OF UNDERDEVELOPMENT (Cuba, 1964) to the heart-wrenching narrative and immediate relevance of SIN NOMBRE (Mexico, 2009). Read more.

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Instructors Sought for Lifelong Learning Initiative

Lifelong Learning instructors are currently being sought for the fall semester. All areas and disciplines are encouraged to participate.

"It's fun, and gives you a chance to share what you know with eager students over the age of 50," said Patty Adams, director of UNO's Lifelong Learning Initiative.

For more information, call Adams at (402) 554.2292.

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Homecoming Week 2010 Activities Sought

The UNO Alumni Association requests that all campus departments and organizations submit any activities or events they have planned during this year's Homecoming Week, Monday, Sept. 27, through Saturday, Oct. 2. All submitted events will be added to a master schedule that will then be used to help promote the week. All submissions can be sent to Elizabeth Kraemer at (402) 554.4802 or

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UNO's Kolok Named University of Nebraska Kelly Fund Winner
University of Nebraska Executive Vice President and Provost Linda Pratt has announced this year's winners of Kelly Fund awards. Kelly Funds, which support research that improves teaching, are derived from an endowed fund under the will of Mabel Elizabeth Kelly in honor of her husband, Fred J. Kelly. UNO's Alan Kolok is among the recipients.

Alan Kolok, UNO professor of biology and director of the Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory; and Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, assistant professor in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Department of Civil Engineering, for a project called "The Davis Prairie Data Shack: A Resource for Research, Education and Outreach in Environmental and Human Health." Funds will be used to initiate program development at the Davis Prairie Data Shack, an aquatic learning laboratory being constructed on the banks of the Elkhorn River. University and high school students will be able to conduct research at the Data Shack, then produce and archive online videos that detail their work.

"The Kelly Fund is an important award because it recognizes the relationship between good teaching and research," Pratt said. "The quality of teaching on all the University of Nebraska campuses is very high, and these awards help support the research that underlies classroom success."

Other NU Kelly Fund award winners include Sherri Harms, chair and associate professor, University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) Department of Computer Science and Information Systems; and Mark Hartman, UNK associate professor of art and art history. Martha Horvay, senior lecturer in the UNL Department of Textiles, Clothing & Design; and Michael James, chair and professor, UNL Department of Textiles, Clothing & Design.

Kelly Fund awards are distributed annually by the Provost's Office. Award proposals are reviewed by members of the Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award selection committee.

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